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harry truman did it for herbert hoover. maybe this president could do it for mitt romney. it would set the right tone for the last term. that's what i care about. some common ground out there is going to be the story of the next coming weeks. can they or can't they? that's "hardball" for now. "politicsnation" with al sharpton starts right now. >>> thanks, chris. and thanks to you for tuning in. tonight's lead, mr. romney comes to washington but republicans still don't understand why he lost. the white house released this photo of governor romney and president obama in the oval office. this photo taken the day after their big lunch. through the door, you can see the private dining room where they shared a lunch of turkey chili and southwestern grilled salad and right behind the second-place finisher is the presidential race. you can see the desk that belonged to president kennedy. it's the desk he thought he'd be sitting at. the white house says the lunch was friendly. mr. romney congratulated the president on his victory and wished him well over the next four years. they also talke
raised within the leadership. >> mitt romney lost the women's vote by 11 points. >> having said that, a lot of the mind set just to give you back drop on this in the gop is we don't do sort of fill in the blank here just because we have a woman, put a woman this lays. it's very much senior based. it's very much time tenured and all of that. but there are senior members at the caucus who are female who can advance i think legitimately without question about their preparedness or readiness to do the job. this is an optic issue, but easily resolved. figure those last two spots with capable women and have the noise go away. >> with a republicans are saying is that three women were named to leadership positions in the republican conference including washington's kathy mcmorris rogers who will become the fourth highest ranking member in the house. let me lay for you what tom davis said last night on hardball. >> only really had one woman this contention and that was candace miller. and i've been through these things. they're knife fights inside. but mcmorris rogers beat a very able man for
? we've just had an election. the people had a choice between mitt romney and president obama who said let's have a balanced plan, and let's give tax cuts to the middle class. what is he talking about? this is about tax cuts. the president is saying, renew the payroll tax cut. give tax cuts to every dollar earned up to $250,000. i don't know what they're thinking, thomas. but obviously, they are putting it all on the line for the koch brothers and sheldon adelson who earn billions of dollars. they're selfish. and there's a group called patriotic millionaires who are saying please, please, tax us fairly. and here's the point. the president is saying to the millionaires and billionaires, we're just taking you back to the tax rates that you had when bill clinton was president. and i would like to remind everybody, we had the greatest prosperity then when everyone paid their fair share. 23 million new jobs. and why is it? because the middle class had the money to spend out there, to stimulate this economy. it's a consumer-driven economy. about 70% of the economy is consumer driven. and the
former rival governor romney. more on that next. scientists say they can predict in newborns. we'll tell you what it is. a tire filing smash-and-grab robbery all caught on tape. it is all "happening now". jenna: this thursday we're awaiting a big meeting at the white house. we're glad you're with us, everybody, i'm jenna lee. jon: wouldn't you love to be a fly on the wall? jenna: wonder what is on the menu? jon: i guess we'll find out. president obama making good on campaign promise as he gears up for a sit down with governor romney, the first meeting since the election. the private luncheon set to begin hour and a half from now. white house correspondent ed henry is live. what is on the agenda, ed, do we know? >> reporter: white house officials say this will be a bit more personal. not necessarily a lot of business conducted in terms of fiscal talks and what not. they believe obviously this is the first time they have gotten together not just since the election but since the debate in boca raton, florida, over a month ago. first time they have been face-to-face. this is a long tradition
limiting the deductions there have been proposals from governor romney during the presidential campaign, and from other republicans, when you talk about those limitations on deductions, do you include the charitable deduction and the home mortgage deduction? >> i think you're right to point out the essential problem in this, which is, if you try to limit deductions with a $25,000 cap, what you do is you end up hitting millions and millions -- actually 17 million americans -- a huge part of the revenue comes from that basic fact, which we're not prepared to do -- it completely eliminates the incentives for wealthy americans to give to charities and if you protect the charitable contributions you reduce. so, those proposals, they may be worth considering, but if you design them carefully, they don't raise revenue you need to get us back to a fiscally responsible position. >> are you saying that the charitable deductions should be off the table? >> we propose a percentage limit on the value of all of the deductions and inclusions for 2% of americans. what that does is, it preserves a very
at home at fox news, they sent a picture from the white house of the president meeting with mitt romney this afternoon. they visited for an hour over lunch in a private meeting adjacent to the oval office and when there is a winner and a loser in an election, each time it happens, whoever the president is, has whoever he beat into the white house for a talk and each time that happens the people who used to be for the guy who lost are like, well, that is how they are acting today but this happens, consult your history book or your dvr and they are meeting and talking and the president said, mitt romney fixed the olympics and he is a good business hand and i want his input, which really makes sense. anyway, mitt romney congratulated the president for the success of his campaign and wished him well. they made a pledge to stay in town particularly in opportunities to work together or shared interests arise in the future. their lunch menu included kite murkty chili and sworn grilled chicken salad but, back in the day everyone said they didn't like each other, at all, remember? that was the w
, the former presidential candidate mitt romney was at the white house today. >> it's relatively brief. we had lunch with turkey chili and not business. president did have a specific job offer or anything for mitt romney. after the white house put out a statement to say they pledge to keep in touch if the opportunity arises down the road that sounded like not so much. >> bret: did biden bring by the apple pie? >> they may save that for a celebration if hay get a deal. >> all right, ed. thank you. >> major retailers are reporting weaker than expected holiday sales so far. november receipts are 1.7% over last year. that is well below the 4.5 to 5.5 predicted for holiday season. the economy grew at 2.7% in the third quarter better than the figure announced. the dow was up 37. the s&p 500 gained six. nasdaq finished ahead 20. syrian rebels struck a major blow in the heart of the government today killing a top ruling of the party in a car bombing and someone is cutting off internet and cell phone communication in syria in certain areas. both sides pointing fingers at the others. all of this as deci
to the white house hat must have been an extraordinary moment. mitt romney and obama get together. for me it's awkward that they had the meeting at the white house. was that mean? shouldn't they have don't at a tgif. neutral ground? not to rub his nose in the place that he wanted to live. >> reporter: given romney's finances, -- he came here, he left without talking to reporters. we are digging for details on how it went. the white house insists they were trying to be open and courteous to mitt romney. show the peaceful transfer -- there is no violence. the race was hard fought. mr. obama won, in romney moves on and mr. romney also sat down with another important man in all this. fall ryan his running-mate. that would be interesting to be a fly on the wall. megyn: there are funny lines on twitter about that meeting and what should have been served at the meeting. thank you, sir. a white house social media effort to tip the public opinion in its favor on these fiscal cliff negotiations is starting to get controversial. the president urging americans to go to twitter and tweet my2k. do you kno
: my goodness. i understand mitt romney is coming to the white house for that lunch. i don't know, what is everybody expect to come from that? >> the president said the president wanted to talk to governor romney about ideas to make it more efficient. praising the management of the 2002 olympics, said he did a good job there. governor romney is one that raised the ideas happen deductions for tax for people to come up with as far as tax reform, come up with more tax revenue. melissa: thank you so much for your input, peter barnes. lori: what is on the menu? got to give a shout out. there is another battle brewing over the fiscal cliff, instead congress and the white house, this one happening on twitter. melissa: dennis kneale is covering the story with the latest. i love this one. >> the obama administration renowned for the use of social networks but this time maybe it outdid itself. the president urging americans to tweet their support for using the hash tag mo farah, as in my $2000, raised taxes on somebody else. now my2k has become a way to trash obama and cheering at the democrats.
to jump-start jobs and the economy than any single policy proposal that either governor romney or president obama put out during the campaign. >> okay. let me turn you to benghazi. you've been quite outspoken, senator, i know about susan rice, the u.n. ambassador, the things that she said on the sunday following the benghazi attack which turned out not to be true. are her chances to become secretary of state, should the president nominate her, and we expect something to happen this week on that, are her chances over? >> well, candy, i did meet with her this week. i remain very troubled not only myself, for example, the ranking republican susan collins of the homeland security committee raised some very important questions after meeting with her. here's where we are. after the meeting with her there was an impression that she went on and repeated some unclassified talking points on all the sunday shows, but she had the daily intelligence briefings, including the classified materials that basically had the references that individuals with ties to al qaeda were involved. >> she k
at harvard kennedy school where right this very minute senior campaign managers from the romney and obama campaign and every other campaign are being debriefed by top political reporters and it is interesting because obama clearly sees that he has a mandate out of the election on fiscal cliff issues. even though it wasn't a huge issue in the debate the white house is behaving like it has that mandate. what you have been seeing is republicans showing signs of flexibility and i am not just talking john boehner saying revenue is on the table. we have republican senators saying they will stand up to the grover norquist tax pledge. they're willing to break it which is pretty big news. we also have the influential member of congress, republican tom cole saying we have got to agree to extend the tax cut just for those people making $250,000 and below and letting the more wealthy be taxed. definitely flexibility but what you see from democrats is an unwillingness to do serious entitlement reform that would lead to reductions in spending. they want to kick the can down the road and do more of the
is now teaming up with the president, despite the fact they supported mitt romney. they are now teaming up -- >> eating you, crawling back? >> looks like they are forcing -- they are forcing the issue, and, basically, supporting the president's position on this for higher taxes on those upper brackets. little bit of background on tom. he was a senior executive at morgan stanley in a very big democratic operative, a senioo executive, then to be hillary clinton's number two of secretary of state, and rumored, rumor, it's in the wall street washington nexus, that if jack lew is treasury secretary, highly likely if you read the tea leaves, he gets jack's job as the chief of staff. interesting meeting. this guy is a key player in the obama administration. you know, there's lots of taj about coming back to wall street. he likes it down there, and he likes working there, and that he wants a higher position, and, you know -- >> down in wall street or washington? >> washington. washington's south; right? >> of here. >> wall street's south of here too. >> but down, down there. the meetings are ab
norquist also predicted an overwhelming victory by mitt romney and was proven wrong then, too. i think he and other republicans are playing a very dangerous game with their own political futures by failing to see the connection between this situation and the situation we were in around 1995 when there was a government shutdown. republicans thought they could drive this to the bitter end, and what happened? the american voters actually blamed them, the republicans, for what happened. i think it's a pattern in american politics when things happen that are, in effect, harmful government shutdowns, if you will, or breakdowns of process, the blame usually ends up on the side of the obstructionists in the republican party. i think there are enough republicans who want to win re-election who see that the strategy of obstruction failed them in this last election. they want to pivot and make a rebrand of the republican party. those are the folks that are the deciding votes in the republican caucus, enough to combine with democrats who shorten that margin in the house to get something passed. >> an
romney. he really should be sitting down having lunches with john boehner, friendly lunches. that's what peggy noonan writes because they got to get a deal and they're growing further and further apart. it looks like we're about to sail over the cliff. you know what? rush limbaugh said yesterday that that is exactly what the democrats want to happen. >> welfare state, santa claus is what secures votes for them. the welfare state is what guarantees a permanent underclass, which they need. so we if over the cliff. it's a win. everybody's taxes go up. you need that revenue to pay for your welfare state. in addition, what else happens? you get cuts in the military! you don't think a democrat likes that? if -- believe me democrats can't wait for military cuts, defense cuts. my whole life that's the only thing they want to cut! here it is just waiting for them. it's already done. all we have to do is go over the cliff! >> steve: yep. >> gretchen: there is a lot of relevancy to that because who won the presidential el
criticized governor romney's plan based on the premise there is not enough revenue in the loop homes. he has agreed to the flame work, revenues or the table. we will give you $800 billion. that is great starting point. president has insulted republicans who are going out on the limb by wanting to be more pragmatic about this by coming to the congress which even among the most liberal writers in it is not a serious proposal. the reality it has to be some point spending becomes the conversation, not revenue. >> we have given quite a bit up. we have given up $2.5 trillion. >> you gave up 2.5 in budget gimmicks. things that were going to end anyway. >> boehner and cantor do not want to tax the wealthy donors. that is what it comes down to. are we going to balance this budget? it's the engine of the economy it's going to be middle-class americans -- >> i'm giving you an honest. >> heather: this has to be the last word in five seconds. >> if i gave you every tax increase you wanted, it would take us one time for the solution, we have to talk about spending cuts. >> heather: as we discussed in the
of the election there. the mitt romney people pretty much told a lot of us they were confident it was going to be a long night and that they would win. i want to read you something from the new republic about team romney's internal polling. says the biggest flaw in their polling was the failure to predict the demographic composition of the electorate. the people who showed up to vote on november 6 were younger and less white than team romney anticipated and far more democratic as a result. so i want to ask you, erick, is this sort of a misunderstanding generally that republicans have to address the next time they go into an election about who the voters are going to the polls? >> oh, i don't think it's just a republican problem. i think if you look at rasmussen, gallup and a number of other pollsters out there, they all got it wrong. i think i was one of the few people on the right saying the polls weren't wrong and e vis rated by friends for saying that. at some point you have to realize the data's not lying. >> let me just say, i want to sort of unravel that a bit. we know gallup certainl
and led zeppelin. listen to this during a reception for the event mitt romney supporter kid rock ran into the president. rock says the run-in wasn't awkward, not at all. in fact he says they were able to laugh off any past rivalries. >> he said i'm still here. no hard feelings. and he remembered meeting my son when i played his inauguration, which was very special. >> and the kumbayah moment, kid rock also ran into look at that our own wolf blitzer right before the ceremony. >> cut and paste that photo. >> wolf tweeted that picture. my invitation must have blown off my desk. >> still ahead this morning on "starting point," fiery danger that's forced ford to now recall two of its best-selling models. we'll update you on that and the race against time to stop america from plunging off the fiscal cliff. obama administration said to lead the top republican in the house flabbergasted. you're watching "starting point." ♪ ♪ [ male announcer ] everyone deserves the gift of all day pain relief. this season, discover aleve. all day pain relief with just two pills. anne's tablet called my p
to oppose romney. so that's like 2:1. >> you're not adding in the seiu. >> down at $14 million. i'm looking at the "wall street journa journal"'s page on super pacs. i've got the restore america's future 1rks 42, priorities usa -- >> if you add up all the super pa pacs, they barely balance out the union involvement. >> sciu was down ninth, 14.7 million. >> why are you arguing about this will? the results are out. >> are there lessons for business in the advertising campaigns by the super pacs? assuming that one side went wrong here, where did they go wrong? >> you're focusing on the super pacs and of course it's about the strategists and how they went about it. and the simple fact is the democrats understood the demographic changes whether you're talking about african-american, hispanics, single women. and understanding the changes taking place. i think the republican party is still rooted to a large september extent in the past. if you look at the nature of the people involved on either side, it was i think predictable that one set of advisers was in touch and the others weren't. >> martin
campaigned on raising tax rates. you know, it was the big issue between him and romney and they said just as he had to cave after your victory in the 2010 mid-terms, now it's your turn to cave on tax rates. >> listen, what's the difference where the money comes from? we put $800 billion worth of revenue, which is what he's asking for, out of eliminating the top two tax rates. but here's the problem, chris. when you go and increase tax rates, you make it more difficult for our economy to grow. half of that income is small business income. it's going to get taxed at a higher rate. as a result we are going to see slower economic growth. we aren't going to be able to cut our way out of this problem, nor can we just grow our way out of the problem. we have to have a balanced approach. what the president wants to do is slow our economy at a time he wants the economy to grow and create jobs. >> the white house says that while you have given this kind of talk about, well, let's close loopholes, let's limit deductions, you haven't offered any specifics, have you? >> we've laid it all out for him a
as part of medicare, we had a presidential campaign, and here was mitt romney's ad, targeting the president. this is what he did. >> you paid into medicare for years. every paycheck. now when you need it, obama has cut $716 billion from medicare. >> now, those were not benefit cuts. those were provider payments. so if you're the president, why specify what cuts you're going to make in medicare if that's the treatment that republicans will give you? >> well, until we get to entitlements, we're really not having a serious discussion. david, all of us know what the options are. they are not going to get more narrow as -- i mean, they are going to get more narrow as time goes on and more draconian. what you're talking about is where we solve this fiscal cliff by creating another fiscal cliff down the road is totally immature. it lacks political courage. we know what needs to be done, and let's get it done over the next three weeks. the options are not going to change. >> would you call on your party not to mount that sort of opposition to the president if he specifies how he's goi
that the president campaigned on raising tax rates, you know, and it was the big issue, between him and romney, and, they say, just as he had to cave, after your victory, in the 2010 midterms, now, it is your turn to cave on tax rates. >> what is this difference where the money comes from? we put $800 billion worth of revenue, what he is asking for, out of eliminating the top two tax rates. but, here's the problem, chris: when you go and increase tax rates, you make it more difficult for our economy to go, after that income, the small business income, it is going to get tackxed at a higher rate an as a result we'll see slower economic growth, we can't cut or grow our way out of the problem, we have to have a balanced approach and the president wants to slow or economy at a time when he says he wants the economy to grow and create jobs. >> chris: the white house says that while you have given this kind of talk, about, well, let's close loopholes and limit deductions, you have not offered any specifics, have you. >> we have laid it all out for them, a dozen ways to raise the revenue from the richest
ryan -- with the ryan/romney ads were downright hypocritical and the president has greater political strength coming out of this and he's got his own plan and he's been specific on his own terms and i think when geithner sits around uttering the same talking point over and over again about tell us what you're talking about, i think it's a fair thing to do. i think the president has a political strength right now to force the republicans to offer their own very unpopular -- >> we'll see. that's what's going to get played out over the next few weeks. >> it's chicken. >> he has more leverage. doesn't have all the leverage. >> he sass some. >> he's coming out strong. >> what leverage do the republicans -- i mean yes, they have some. >> they control the house. >> yes. >> that is the fact. >> but -- the reason that john boehner doesn't have very much leverage in these discussions is he doesn't really control his own caucus. >> that's true. >> and he's not a terribly reliable negotiating partner. >> john boehner does have within his caucus a certain number of votes in his pocket that will w
to distance themselves from mitt romney's toxic comments on people who receive government assistance. >> both parties tend to divide americans into our voters and their voters. let's be really clear. republicans must steer far clear of that trap. >> i've heard it suggested that the problem is, that the american people have changed. too many people want things from government. but i'm still convinced that the overwhelming majority of our people want what my parents had, a chance. >> reporter: republican strategists say their candidacies could help hit the gop reset button and give hillary clinton a serious challenge. >> does she scare republicans? >> i think she energizes republicans. what we're seeing right now are some very positive numbers for hillary clinton now. she's been out of the political fray for four years. when she becomes a politician again, if she goes into the political fray, into that ring, the gloves are off and the bell is ringing. >> unlike her last run in 20078 which went all the way through every democratic primary and caucus, hillary clinton would likely see her party ra
. mitt romney gave away millions and millions of dollars. host: things like capital gains dividends and other things that benefit wealthier in comes? guest: the caplet gains and dividends is the classic break that benefits the wealthy. they think it is correct if they receive more than 90% of the benefit. people and the middle class get a little benefit from that break. the majority of the break goes to the wealthy. host: there is a recent story from politico. host: how significant of these deductions? guest: they can be important. the goal is to not get rid of the budget deficit. lots of people do not want to get rid of the budget deficit. they want to get it down to a manageable level. opinions differ. you can make a big dent through closing or reducing the loopholes. host: do you expect them to play a role? could they end up on the chopping block? guest: republicans have put them on the table. i think you probably will see some of both. this is a process that will go on for the better part of the next year. during that process, you will see some of both. host: john mckinnon is a
. but wealthy people obviously donate a lot. mitt romney was a classic example gave away millions and millions of dollars. >> host: what are the objections that benefit the upper income like special low rates for capital gains, dividends, other things that particularly benefit wealthier income? >> guest: the capital gains and dividends break is a classic greek that benefits the very wealthy. if they receive more than 90% of the benefit, certainly people in the middle-class get a little benefit from that break, but overwhelmingly the majority of that goes to the wealthy. >> host: political has history with this tax loopholes alone can't solve the fiscal cliff, even if you dump in the vaguest tax loopholes, they don't come close to closing the deficit. at best the top 10: $834 million a year. john mckinnon, how significant are deductions when we look at their role in the big picture of solving the so-called fiscal cliff? >> guest: they can be really important. the goal is not to get rid of the budget deficit. i don't think anyone who's involved in this process has a realistic hope of getting rid
, as the market continues to be on a hair trigger alert. the president meeting with mitt romney, although no press on that one. and we will also get some housing data coming up in about hal half an hour's time. the exchange is playing muse six in honor of this bank, which is being called america's most exciting bank. >> that's what they call themselves. and maybe that's why they have this music, because it's actually quite loud. >> let's see if they start dancing the executives. >> the race is on to see which bank is the most exciting in this country. >> a new trend here. >> in the meantime, here's the opening bell for a thursday morning. again brook shire -- nasdaq to the nyc and over at the daz damage, fran drescher, star of the sitcom, a great comedian. still responding to the news in the world of social media, whether it's living social and some reported layoffs or what andrew mason said about his tenure at groupon. >> to fire himself, he's not ready to fire himself. >> that was the first step i thought on the right path. i mean he just needs to go one step further, a la mark zuckerberg and go
rock band led zeppelin and during the reception for the event mitt romney supporter kid rock ran in to president obama. rock said the president wasn't awkward in fact he said they were able to laugh off their rivalry. >> he said i'm still here. so no hard feelings and he remembered meeting my son when i played his inauguration which was very special. >> kid rock also ran in to wolf blitzer right before the ceremony. wolf tweeted this picture hash tag very cool. >> great advice. meanwhile sunday night football action the dallas cowboys take on the eagles. really a big night for cowboys quarterback tony romo who threw three touchdown passes in the second half as he led the cowboys to a 38-33 victory. romo's also drove the cowboys record for career touchdown passes. a record previously held by troy aikman with 165. romo now has 168 career tds. >> the pope is joining twitter starting december 12th pope benedict will begin tweeting using the handle @pontifex. a vatican official told cnn the pope will be composing the tweets himself. the pontiff is no stranger to twitter. the vatican l
difference, one reason why people like me look at former presidential candidate mitt romney talk about npr or planned parenthood. the number one answer for balancing the budget is foreign aid. which if you really wanted to balance the budget and you don't always have to go to the department of justice or whatever it may be. but over the next ten years, 90% of federal outlays will be medicare, medicaid, social security, defense spending and interest on the debt. you can wipe everything else out and you'll basically -- >> it's like what you were talking about in the last hour, to rational exuberance. americans want it, want it now, and don't want to pay for it. there's a certain quality in american democracy that just allows us to be completely self-deluded. >> dan brought up an grinterestg point, the debt. which they're going to go up, at that point, you've got a serious problem on your hands. >> why wouldn't -- as a leader of the free world, why wouldn't you be saying i've got to get these entitlements under control? they're not even talking about it, not addressing it on these sides. >> i
. for the presidency, for a race that was supposed to be president romney's, according to his people, was president obama's mainly because president obama stood up for the middle class and said, when it comes to taxes, we all have to pay our fair share; no more, no less. so when you tell your friends that the president wants to give you your tax cut, you should tell them also it's being held up by the republicans in congress who are sitting on a bill that passed july 25, 2012. 98% of the american people will get their tax break continued, and only income over $250,000 will be taxed at the same rates when bill clinton was president. let's take a look back at those days. were they harsh for people? no. we had more millionaires created, i remember, in those days than we had in generations. you know why? because when the middle class is strong and he invested in the middle class, he invested in our people, they get good jobs, they pay enough taxes, they go to the mall, they make -- they take a trip across the country to see all the great landmarks, and people across this country who have businesses do
about the ryan plan, and just like we saw in the romney plan, when you're talking about simply closing loopholes and ending deductions, either the math doesn't add up or the middle class ends up bearing the entire burden. republicans are tying themselves up in knots to avoid the obvious. easiest way to raise revenue from the wealthiest americans is simply to allow the bush tax cuts for the top 2% to expire as scheduled. that's what the democrats want. it's what the american people support. and it would move us a long way towards balanced and bipartisan dealing we're all working to get to. mr. president, my colleague in the house of representatives, minority leader pelosi, is circulating a discharge petition to bring the senate bill to the house floor. i strongly support this move and i urge house republicans to sign on and allow this legislation to come to the floor for a vote. mr. president, democrats have proven we are willing to make the tough compromises, that a balanced and bipartisan deal will require. and we've been very clear we will not allow republicans to push through a bad
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